Karen Silkwood

Americas first nuclear whistleblower, Karen Silkwood discovered numerous health violations, including exposure to high levels of nuclear contamination, at the Kerr-McGee nuclear power plant near Crescent, Oklahoma. In the summer of 1974, she testified to the Atomic Energy Commission about her concerns.

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Karen Silkwood

Karen Silkwood

She joined the union and became an activist on behalf of issues of health and safety at the plant as a member of the union’s negotiating team, the first woman to have that position at Kerr-McGee. In November, 1974, she died in a mysterious car accident on the way to provide documentation of safety violations to a New York Times reporter. Her case was highlighted in the movie Silkwood.

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